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it is labor day. right now, there's a political battle about how to get millions of americans back to work. the president planning a big week ahead. plus it weighs a million pounds and took nearly 30 hours for a tree from a sunken oil rig from the gulf. investigators will try to find out why the belong preventer did not work. the nation's top dog is no longer on top. he has been dethroned by a black widow! very good monday to you. it's so nice to see you this morning. we are watching a new storm in the gulf. tropical storm hermine formed overnight causing potential issues for the texas coast. the weather channel
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meteorologist scott williams joins us now live in the studio. good morning to you, scott. another storm? >> absolutely, veronica. this is the eighth named storm of the 2010 season and its name is hermine. it could bring some problems along the texas coast. right now, as we take a look at the slaert perspective you can see the deep convection right now in the southern gulf of mexico. that will bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding as we move into the lone star state. not only for your labor day but as we move through the middle part of the week as well. you can see the rain bands continuing to come in around corpus christi and eventually into houston. not everything you see making it to the ground. as we expand the view across the nation here on this labor day, a few light sprinkles around the great lakes and also into the northern plains. as we move into florida looking for some scattered showers and some thunderstorms for today. so over the next 48 hours, look at the heavy rainfall. that bull's-eye in south texas upwards of 10 inches before all is said and done with this tropical troublemaker. quiet conditions for parts of
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the northeast. another day with great sunshine. philadelphia, 83 degrees. a cool start, however, for many cities. new york, 81 degrees for your high temperature he, and boston, 78. looking at the numbers in atlanta, temperatures topping out in the upper 80s and continued hot, veronica, as we move into the southwest. >> scott williams with the weather channel, we do appreciate it and check back with you shortly. president obama is working on this labor day, a day finds nearly 15 million americans out of work and unemployment rate has inched up to 9.6%. the president will be on the road this week to launch new economic policies and campaign for democrats in danger of being tossed out because of the weak job picture. later this afternoon, the president attends a labor day rally in milwaukee. he'll also give a speech in cleveland on wednesday and he'll end his week with a white house news conference on friday. the campaign season traditionally kicks into high gear on labor day and less than two months until the midterm elections, democrats have a tough sell as they try to
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convince an angry electorate they deserve another term despite high unemployment and sputtering economic recovery. john decker is in washington, d.c. this morning and joins us live. good morning to you, john. >> good morning to you, veronica. >> all right. so "the new york times" reporting the democrat leadership is getting ready for what the paper calls a brutal triage. if the numbers don't look good, then they are going to be redirecting money to other races. so what can we make of all this news? >> well, you know, if you have a strategy, the strategy that democrats are following for the fall election, really consists of three parts. it's money, it's message, and it's turnout. the money part you just referred to is there is a amount of money the democrats have. they are not going to put money into races which are essentially lost causes. they are going to put money into the races that they think that they can win to hold on to the house and it's going to be very
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close in terms of the numbers to hold on to the house. then, finally, turn out. right now, if you look at polls, republicans seem to have the kind of momentum that they think they need to take over the house and possibly the senate. they need to motivate -- democrats neat to motivate their voters to go to the hoels polls on november 1nd. >> let's talk about the poll numbers. a recent gallup poll number, 53% favor republicans and 38% favor a first-time republican candidate. do they have their own issues heading into november? >> well, if you pay attention to the people that pay attention to those numbers and the people that call races the prognosticators, they say that republicans, right now, are in really good shape in terms taking over the u.s. house of representatives.
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charlie cook and larry sabato have said that. i think the republicans like the numbers they have right now. and many analysts like charlie cook who feel essentially what we see right now is baked in. there's nothing that democrats can do to change around the u.s. economy. 9.6% unemployment or the numbers that we have seen in terms of favor ability, unfaver ability. that anti-incumbent mood benefits the party that is out of power and, right now, as we know, republicans are out of power in both the house and the senate. >> we know that president obama has a busy week ahead. will democrats get any kind of bounce from obama if he campaigns for them because we know that those that performance numbers are pretty bleak at this point. what kind of bounce could they get, if any? >> no matter what poll you look at, the president's approval ratings are about in the mid-40s or so. so there aren't coattails that
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the president can provide in most districts across the country. what the president can do is raise money. money is such an important firewall, democrats believe, because they believe they can outraise republicans, not only nationally, the dnc versus the rnc, but the campaign committees and money is very important. we're going to see a lot of negative campaign ads over the next two months or so and democrats will argue that if republicans have their way, the policies that propel the u.s. into the economic recession that it is in right now, will continue with republicans controlling the house and the senate. >> correct me if i'm wrong but the republicans have done a pretty good job fund-raising so far this year. >> they are, indeed. they have outraised the republicans as far as the national committees are concerned but republicans are putting a lot of their money into outside campaign committees, including the house republican campaign senate, the senate campaign committee and in addition to that, karl rove has
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established his own campaign committee to raise money for republican candidates across the country. they hope to raise about $20 million. they have raised $5 million so far. that money will go to try to secure a republican majority in the house and the senate. >> two months left to go. jon decker live for us in washington. nice to see you as always. a deadly blast this morning in pakistan. at least 17 killed including four children in the suicide bombing outside a police station. more than 40 others have been wounded. it is the latest in a string of attacks in pakistan. we are joined by tom in kabul, afghanistan. hello to you, tom. >> good morning, veronica. nine police officers were among those killed in the town of lucky mawat that sits on the transport links between pakistan's possible u populous.
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in an effort there to confront militants based in north and south was sear waziristan. they have been two other bomb blasts in pakistan this week. between them, bombingers killed about 80 people and those blasts were claimed by the pakistani taliban on friday threatened to strike targets in u.s. and europe in retaliation what they say is u.s. missile strikes on northwest waziristan the past few months. >> this town is important in the fighting of the taliban and pakistan. what messages are militants trying to send here? >> they are saying don't side with the government. you may recall last year, the pakistani went into southwest waziristan and took that over from the militants and never been able to control the
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northwest waziristan. u.s. officials here say a network is responsible for smuggling men and weapons across the afghani border and for mounting attacks against american troops inside afghanistan. >> nbc's tom asfelt, we appreciate the report. a twice may hold answers to the cause of bp's oil disaster is out of gulf waters. it breached the water surface mostly intact and now evidence in the hands of spill investigators. nbc chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson is in louisiana with the latest. >> reporter: it emerged slowly from the gulf of mexico, a 1 million pound metal sea creature pulled up. the final 500 feet of the failed blowout preventor's one mile journey from the sea floor were the longest. once again, hydrates, the crystals that foiled several
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attempts to cap the well created trouble. margaret morrison is the well site leader. >> the hydrates, as they come up, they melt and they gas off. so as it's coming to the surface, we have to make sure that we're taking all of the safety precautions necessary so that gas is contained and held and bled off properly. >> reporter: the giant tower on the helix hoisted the center of the vessel and hanging in the dark the emergency brake that failed the night of april 20th when the deepwater horizon rig exploded in flames and now it's a 50 foot tall piece of evidence that may yield clues to why this disaster happened. though the men and women working on this operation insist it is just another job, they are well aware the world is watching. and there is one last mission, to forever seal the well from the bottom with the relief well. national incident commander thad allen will give the order to john wright to finish the job. >> the pressure is basically
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just to get the job done and get it over with and get on. >> reporter: do you feel that too, admiral allen? do you feel the pressure? >> i'm not sure i call pressure. for me, it's a huge accountability piece. you know? there is an expectation by the american public the problem is going to get solved. >> reporter: this weekend allen said another threat from the well is gone but not the memory of the 11 men who died working on that well, including marvin morris' friend blair manual. >> i think of their families. i think of each and every one of them and even blair. i think these guys, they deserve this. they deserve this to come up. we need to find out, not only for them and their memories, but for the industry, because i know that they would want it no other way. >> that was nbc chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson reporting. on this labor day, reverend jesse jackson is organizing a
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house is preparing to go into full economy mode. president barack obama will use a labor day appearance in milwaukee today to announce a new infrastructure plan designed to expand and renew the nation's rails, roads and runways. nbc's mike viqueira is with us at the white house. >> that is an excellent question, veronica. the odds are that these new initiatives are not going to be enacted by congress.
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they don't return back that their extended break until next weeks, and expected to leave well before the election in early november. the objection gone oxygen will be taken up because of the tax cuts. democrats in congress are in danger of losing their mantle certainly in the house and perhaps even the senate. they want the president to be focusing on the economy and this week, he will respond. he begins today in milwaukee with this labor day address. he is going to be unveiling billions of dollars in new infrastructure spending over and above what was spent during the stimulus on things like roads, railways and runways. he wants to create a new infrastructure bank to pay for it all. then on wednesday, he tralvets travels to cleveland unveiling new major economic initiatives including an extext extension of a tax cut for business and something republicans have been clamoring for. friday, he returns to washington for a press conference sometime
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during the day where economic issues are expected to dominate. so the president turning his full attention now to the economy, trying to create jobs, boost employment and also save some congressional democrats jobs in the bargain. >> mike, we will be check back with you in a bit. thank you so much. good to see you this morning. in the face of the nation's grim unemployment and housing picture, leaders are demanding action. next month thousands are expected to descend on washington in a march for jobs. joining us are two of the men behind that march, jesse jackson and i believe bob king was supposed to join us this morning. we're stuck with you this morning, reverend. >> good morning. >> good morning to you. last weekend you led thousands through the streets of detroit calling for jobs, peace and justice. how did that march go? >> it went real well. the uab -- uaw was involved.
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the real focus on jobs, peace and justice, we really want the baghdad plan. they have security and stability and investment. in the cities, we have lack of job, lack of security and lack of investment. we're focusing a lot on detroit, for example. 90,000 abandoned homes and vacant lots in detroit. the plan as the president did for infrastructure to train people to become apprenticeship train to weatherize the homes and build and become brick masoners and a plan to create jobs. in detroit, there is not one chain grocery store. not one chain retailer store. in a sense, you have to get them to come back into the city because people who live in detroit are spending $2 billion a year outside just to shop, for example. gm has been bailed out but detroit has not been bailed out. gm's number one market for buick
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is china, for example. you would need here more than just a tax break. you also need some plan for incentivizing? jobs and vechlt and plan for student loan. >> you were out there on the street. you were out there in that rally. what were the most common frustration that you heard during that march? >> well, people -- home foreclosures are up and modifications are down. university of michigan and michigan state and wayne where enormous debts. a plan for student loan debt forgives, that could be a stimulus. student loan forgivens a is huge way to get something going. in the last election, 12% voter turnout. 1%. midterm 11% voter turnout. first, we wanted the banks have been bailed out.
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that is what the enthusiasm was in 2008. the roots must be a plan to stop home foreclosures a plan to stop the public transportation and each instance we see drivers have been laid off and these are green jobs. services have been cut. plan for public transportation be restored, to stop home foreclosure and job training and supervise recreation could be a major basic steps towards revitalization of interest and spirit. >> reverend, let's be honest and talk politics here. you know democrats are face ago tough fight. to keep power in november. so how do you feel about the democrats? which party do you honestly feel might be better equipped to create jobs to handle this crisis at this point? >> you know, president barack obama saved us from a hemorrhaging -- we are losing 800,000 jobs a month. the biggest hemorrhage america has ever known. he stopped the hemorrhaging.
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now we're about to see the beginning, the eking of a turnaround. what is critical is that republicans who dug the hole can plan that he -- it's coming out too slow. so we do need another shovel. on the other hand, we must go a step further. 12% voter turnout in detroit, detroit has some plan here to these vacant lots and abandoned houses. some plan for reconstruction. some plan to get chain stores back in the city. there's some plan for student loan debt forgiveness. this must be address inside a comprehensive urban policy. we have lost more lives of youth in chicago than baghdad, for example. clearly, we need stability and security and economic reconstruction and job training. >> job training, very important. all right. we're out of time. reverend, nice to see you.
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thank you so much for taking some time out of your holiday weekend to spend it with us here on msnbc. >> thank you very much. >> good to see you. more people are traveling this holiday weekend this last year. guess what? they are paying more to do so. the royals and british tabloid and wiretapping and the latest on that coming up.
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my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right. a case that involves hacking and high profiles of the royals. a story now coming back to haunt downing street. stephanie governing joins us from london. good morning to you, stephanie. >> good morning. this is a story goes back four years ago and started in 2006. a promisenant tabloid here the news of the world was accused of a legally phone tap and found guilty -- illegally phone
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tapping high figures. also the princes and william and harry and two reporters were jailed because they illegally taps the princes. the editor and chief of the newspaper at the time is now the communications chief for british prime minister david cameron and now he is under fire again because "the new york times" magazine printed an article that accuses him of having known much more about these illegal wiretaps than he said he did at the time. they include a couple of interviews with reporters at the news of all the world that said he was aware and, in fact, put pressure on reporters there to break these kind of high profile exclusive stories and that that pressure included doing things that turned out to be illegal. there are a number of public officials named four years ago as being tapped by the news of the world that want this case reopened by the metropolitan police and put a lot of pressure on the new prime minister and certainly his communications chief who says that he will cooperate if a new investigation is launched.
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>> is there any word at this point on whether or not andy colton will step down? >> they are saying he is not stepping down. he is denying these allegations and the quotes that were in this article. and the british prime minister has yet to comment publicly. but the more that this builds and certainly if the metropolitan police start looking at some of these issues again, they have asked "the new york times" for their sources. bill keller, the executive editor of the times refuses to give them but he says it makes it clear the metropolitan police knew more than what was going on four years ago as they continued to investigation and basically implicates them for giving short shift for this investigation because they were close with the editors at the newspaper. so it's a scandal that not only affects the british prime minister, but also the metropolitan police. >> very interesting. stephanie gosk, we appreciate you staying on top of the story.
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thanks. the u.s. is waging war against al qaeda since the knife terror attack since 9/11. what does the terror network look like today? we will get a look inside. joey chestnut might be the top dog but he just got his wings clipped by a girl. that story is coming up. ♪ clean off your plate so eat it ♪ ♪ don't tell me you're full just eat it eat it give yourself an egg and beat it ♪ s and desires. - i'm reading a book. - what's a book? so we tailor plans for individuals, featuring a range of integrated solutions. you at your usual restaurant? son: maybe. see you tomorrow. stairs? elevator. to see how our multi-faceted approach... can benefit your multi-generational wealth, look ahead with us at time to face the pollen that used to make me sneeze... my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief,
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hz when life's this hard, graduating can be even harder. but you can help jose and the students in your community make it through by visiting after the bottom of the hour. here are some of the top stories we are following this morning. crews pulled a 350 ton blownout preventor. it will be evidence into the investigation of the cause of the spill. a house party turned deadly sunday in california. a teenage girl killed and six others wounded after midnight in lancaster. the youngest victim in the shooting was just 13 years old. and more violence in
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pakistan this more than. at least 17 people, four of them children, were killed in a suicide bombing outside of a police station. this is just the latest suicide attack for a country still reeling from massive flooding last month. well, al qaeda and the taliban are behind a new deadly wave of suicide bomb attacks in pakistan. at least 17 are dead including four children. dozens more are injured. the attacks come just days before the ninth anniversary of 9/11. al qaeda has been severely weakened the past several years. picture of a chilling picture with an sguf of a teenage boy who is just joined the cause. i'm joined now by msnbc military analyst, retired army colonel, jack jacobs who is also a medal of honor recipient. good to see you. >> good morning. >> thanks for coming out on labor day. >> my pleasure. >> what a trooper. it's been nine years since 9/11. how do you assess the threat of al qaeda today? >> it's weakened but it's now
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fragmented and that is not less -- necessarily a good thing. while it's not kroornted like it used to be, it's now got cells everywhere. cells in the netherlands, in south america and still in the united states. so on the threat is fragmented, but still very viable in many respects, but much more dangerous because it's hard to root it out in many places all at the same time. >> what about osama bin laden? he has been out of sight, not necessarily out of mind. is he still relevant? >> i think he is relative as relevant as a figure head but most of the cells there even in the middle east is not necessarily on osama bin laden. we made a very big mistake personalizing the fight against blked al qaeda by talking so much about osama bin laden how we were going to get him. don't say that unless you're going to get him. now that we haven't killed him, his strength is a figure head is
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much larger than it would have been had we just ignored him completely in the press and in the government at the very beginning. >> where is he? why has it been so hard to track this man down? >> he is in the border area between pakistan and afghanistan and he is in pakistan. it's been difficult because the terrain is almost impossible. our intelligence is not as good as it is in, let's say, afghanistan. and he is protected by a large number of people who are sympathetic to the al qaeda cause inside pakistan. >> let's talk about this "newsweek" article that just came out. what can you tell us about al qaeda's recruiting process? >> they are going after kids, young people who are -- who want to blow themselves up and want to be part of the jihad. young children are easy to convert. that's why they call it the infantry because it's the infant literally, it's the infancy to go on the attack while the adults stayed home. it's easy to convert and get
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young people to get excited. the article talks about it at great length. it's also easy to dissuade them if the people who are in control of the various tribes can control their kids. we are making an effort to do it, to empower local tribal leaders but it's extrimly difficult, particular in southwest china and in pakistan. >> let's talk about what is happening in afghanistan. how crucial would a u.s. victory be in afghanistan to keeping al qaeda in check? >> the whole idea was to clear the taliban and al qaeda out of afghanistan in the very beginning, what, seven or eight years ago. we did a very good job of that, making it impossible for the taliban and al qaeda to use afghanistan as a base for training, recruitment, and funding of terrorist activities. if we don't -- if we're not successful in afghanistan, bad guys will come back. it is crucial to be successful
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in afghanistan, but we're leaving. the president has already said that starting in july of 2011, we're going to start pulling out and that is very distressing. i think taliban is going to come back. we never made -- we never exploited the success that we had in afghanistan. we went off to iraq and we lost 7 to 8 crucial years in afghanistan. i don't think we can get them back. >> we will talk more about afghanistan and pakistan in the next hour. >> see you later. >> talk to you then. new documents show the 33 miners trapped half a mile below the surface in chile may be rescued as early as november. the men have to send up a note designating who should get their salary for august and any donations since relatives are engaged in bits disputes over the money. the miners trapped below the surface in chile got
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face-to-face time with loved ones. families of the trapped workers spent saturday talking via a video. it was video conferenced to men they have not seen in over one month. now to a sudden change for the website craigslist under fire for its racy ads. no longer a link for the adult services section. instead, you'll find a new message there to viewers. what does it all mean and why now? here is nbc's jeff rossen. >> reporter: nestled among the ads for real estate, antiques and jobs, there is the other side of craigslist. the highly controversial adult service section featuring, in some cases, thinly veiled offers of on prostitution but over the weekend the link was removed and replaced with this. censored. a little black box that leads you nowhere. >> we are thankful that craigslist has shut down its adult services section and we believe that act really lessens the suffering of so many girls who are being sold for sex. >> reporter: craigslist won't
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say if this block is permanent, temporary, or simply a message to its critics of which there are many. last month attorney generals in 17 states wrote a joint letter to craiglist demanding they remove the adult services section. >> craigslist is operating an online red light district as obvious and in plain view as times square was back in 1970s or 'items. >> reporter: the website aim under fire last year after the arrest of philip markoff. police say he attacked women who posted adult ads on craigslist. he was charged with murdering one of them, brisman and he later killed himself in jail. craigslist promised to remove sex ads. so months ago, we rented a hotel room and put craigslist to the test here on "today." i saw your ad on craigslist and i wanted to know if you were available tonight. our hidden camera investigation revealed women were still
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offering prostitution on the side. nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: this undercover video is exhibit a. >> reporter: a new report finds craigslist makes millions on the adult service ads. $36 million this year alone. triple what it made last year. >> i do hope that this has been shut down and is not a game of semanti semantics. >> reporter: critics worry it will creep into other sections of craigslist. appear this latest blog, we logged on and found several. jess rossen, nbc news, new york. joey chestnut may be the king of hot dog eating competitions but he is looking up at a new champion when it comes to chicken wings. sonya tom, the so-called black widow of the eating world took home the title this week in new york. thomas ate, get this, 181 wings in 12 minutes! oh, my goodness!
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hillary clinton campaign and joe watkins is a republican strategist and msnbc political analyst. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> who has got this message on jobs that is going to resonate with the voters? which party is it? go ahead and let's start with you, mo. >> i think democrats. i think the president has put forward a number of initiatives that have led to a slow, put steady, job growth or had heed in the right direction for the first time in nearly a decade. i think it's eight straight months now of job growth. what democrats need to do is keep talking about that, but understanding that it's not enough. we need to keep doing more. and putting forward common sense proposals. republicans are actually block something of the proposals that would create even more jobs down the road. >> joe, what do you have to say about that? >> mo, you're a good guy. but the reality is that 15
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million americans who want to work are not working. no job for them. it's hard for employers to create new jobs with the regulation that is being put at them by the obama administration. you can't raise taxes. you can't make wall street -- pit wall street against main street and make business owners the bad guy and expect to create jobs. we've had 16 straight months of over 9% unemployment. we haven't had it this bad since the early 1980s. i don't think it's goingo get better in time for the elections. it's going to have an impact on the elections in november. >> yeah. but, joe, look. you know, for the first time, we're actually creating jobs as opposed to the previous decade where we were losing jobs every month. we are creating jobs right now. i find it ironic that republicans keep saying you can't turn the business owners into villains and the owner answer is tax cuts. the president has put forward a plan to give tax cuts -- to small business owners. that would -- republicans are
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blocking it. >> i have owned a business before. here is what happens. you throw 191 new regulations at business owners and you know what they do? instead of hiring people, they have to retain law firms to figure out what the regs are so they don't get in trouble with the government. . this is causes the sagging job growth. you can't make business owners the bad guy. you have to reduce their taxes and give them the incentives to create new jobs. >> but there also has to be some common sense regulations. we saw what happens when we deregulate to the point that it leads to a near financial meltdown. there has got to be some common sense balance here and i think that is what democrats are putting forward is a common sense balance between regulation, tax cuts, and real investment that will create jobs in the future. >> balance the common sense and make sure that we realize that we live in a capitalist system and we want to reward people who take risk and who create jobs. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> that's what we want to do.
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>> and what is the president's plan. >> let's go ahead and talk about president obama on what he is doing this week in terms of talking about the economy. mo, let's talk about the democrats for a second and what they need to do to get things going back on track because the truth is, they unemployment numbers are still at 9.6%. how do they take those numbers and spin them before november? >> well, like i said we are headed in the right direction but we got a long way to go. i think it's important for democrats to recognize that. but for them to keep talking about the fact that we're headed in the right direction. today, the president is going to be announcing this new infrastructure package which will not only create jobs in the short term but help us stay on the road to long-term economic growth. i think that is the key. i think what democrats need to do is block out the noise and stay focused on jobs the next few months and that should help us at the ballot box you but help put some of these people back to work and keep our economy moving forward. >> one way to do that is cut
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$1.3 trillion in spending. you can't grow the size the government and expect to create new jobs. if you listen to the republicans and follow their advice, we can turn this thing around, we can get people working again. >> or put us back to where we were, that got news this mess in the first place. >> people want to work. >> gentlemen, i have to interrupt you guys. sorry. i have to take the conversation back from both of you! but i do appreciate your time today on this labor day holiday. good to see you both. thanks so much. >> thank you. are you planning a trip somewhere soon? it's going to cost you. apparently it's going to cost you a lot! did ashton kuchar cheat on demi moore or is somebody out there getting punked? ♪ i give you my heart so don't go breaking my heart ♪ ♪ i won't go breaking your heart ♪ and kill more germs. [ exhale ] [ male announcer ] listerine®. clean deeper. get healthier™.
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whether it's by plane, train or automobile, if you're traveling today, you are not alone.
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aaa estimating holiday travel is up and according to, those paying 20% more for a plane ticket than last year and it is only going to get worse. >> reporter: it's gotten more expensive to fly this year. >> some of the fares like to florida even have gone up 50%. >> reporter: airlines have been operating fewer flights and filling them up so passengers are paying the price. >> if they would lower the airfare, the planes would be full and they'd make more money, more people would fly. >> reporter: some people are finding even if you book your ticket well in advance, flights are still pricier than last year. rick with says there's no incentive for the airline to discount when they know that the seats are going to fill up. and that's not sitting well with frequent flyers. >> it comes down do you want to see your family for christmas? yes. so you pay the price.
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>> reporter: the ticket isn't the only place you're paying more. most airlines charge for checking in luggage. >> i think pretty outrageous. >> reporter: you can face a slew of other fees if you want food, a pillow or blanket on board, priority seating or doubling or tripling your miles can add up to $100 or more. >> i think it is pretty ridiculous. we were loaded up with the blankets, pillows, food. >> that's money this family of four doesn't have to spend. but others don't mind the extra fees. >> there again, do you miss the pillows? not really. >> those that want the service pay for it. those that don't want the service will then say no instead of taking it because it's free. >> reporter: some bargains enjoyed in the recession are still around. you just have to buy at the right time and be going to the right place. at dfw international airport, julie tam. a real housewife making head lines for her real-life
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financial problems. let's get the latest now from lauren stribe with the daily beast. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> so nice of you to come in. talking about new jersey housewife teresa. she is in trouble with the government the. >> apparently. last fall she filed for bankruptcy. apparently $11 million in debt. now she allegedly hit assets from them. she had a best-selling book on the "the new york times" best-selling book list and paid an advance and not on the statement. >> didn't declare that? anything else? >> there was an additional advance and she has a website that was apparently gained royalties from that. her husband has a building he earns income from that wasn't on there, as well. >> whoops. kanye using twitter to apologize to taylor swift. why is he doing this? she won't talk to him in person. >> i love this story.
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i love it. i mean, he's notorious for railing against, you know, whatever he's upset of of the day. he hates award shows and creates controversy around award shows. >> what is he says there? >> spent two hours on saturday morning saying i'm not the demon and a changed man and new man and starting it out with i'm sorry, taylor. >> and then say what is in he goes on to say i have written a song for you, i believe. >> written a song for you. followed her an he only follows now taylor swift and justin bieber. is taylor going to follow him? >> oh my goodness. >> i don't know. >> oh my goodness. my guess is, no. i don't know about you. >> i don't know. well, it could be a nice way -- you know? >> we will have to see what happens next. is there trouble in paradise? i heard that ashton cheated on
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demi ire their five-year anniversary is coming up and he was seen with a young, hot blond in a club. but he's denied it and via twitter. >> my goodness. really? >> yes. >> has there been a response from demi? >> i think she just posted some more pictures of herself in a bikini on twitter. >> what? what do you mean? wait, wait, wait. break this down. okay. so ashton is caught cheating and demi fires back by posting pictures of herself almost naked? is that what you're saying? >> reportedly caught cheating so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt but yes. that was her response. >> i heard that he's threatening to sue the tabloids. >> that's what he said. he said you can't publish fiction. this is defamation of character. >> so at this point, we think that it's just a rumor. >> well, it's reported so -- >> you think. >> i would -- i support them. >> it's always nice to see you. thank you so much for coming in on this labor day monday. nice to see you.
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